Fire danger period begins

Bureau of Meteorology updates forecast and CFA warns of higher risk

THE WILD ONES: Nagambie firefighters. Margaret Wilson, Matthew Bruce, Captain Koala, Stacey Hardinge and Kym Purchase play up to the camera at a Nagambie Fire Brigade open day. But it was all to make sure everyone has access to information ahead of what is expected to be a high risk period due to high fuel volumes.

THE Fire Danger Period commenced on Monday in the Strathbogie Shire.
During the Fire Danger Period (FDP) fires cannot be lit in the open air without a written permit from CFA or a Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.
The FDP is decided based on conditions in the local area; including fuel moisture, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall.
With rainfall either the highest on record or very much above average throughout the North East between May and October, and with recent warmer and drier weather producing ‘close to ideal growing conditions’ for grasslands and bushland undergrowth, Emergency Management Victoria has declared the conditions in most of Victoria ‘above normal’ in terms of their conduciveness to bushfire.

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